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26 Days 200-Hour Yoga for Your Soul Yoga Teacher Training in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Paje By Night Hotel, Paje Beach, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Yoga Teacher Training Tanzania

Yoga is not about touching your toes; it is what you learn on the way down. So get ready for it. Guided by Dikla Smadar (a yoga teacher and integrative yoga therapist) and by Swami Omesh-Yogi from Rishikesh (master in the field of spiritual guidance, meditation, and yoga), during these 26 days, you will gain extensive knowledge of yoga postures (asanas), pranayama (breath techniques), bandhas (locks), kriyas (cleansing actions), alignment, and basic anatomy; increase your physical strength, inner strength and flexibility; develop your consciousness through the meditation practice; and study the yogic text.

Meet the instructors

Dikla & Swami
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Opening fire ceremony
  • Detoxing and cleansing techniques
  • Meditation sessions and breathing techniques
  • Daily breakfast and Indian and Western vegetarian lunch
  • Visit to a spice plantation and the historic Stone Town
  • Blue safari and snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon
  • 25 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


24 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Sanskrit, English
The maximum participants in the group is 21
Airport transfer available:
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (US$35 per person)
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

During this training, you will stay at Paje by Night's hotel. The hotel has three rooms the standard bungalows, the king size bungalows, and the concept bungalows, and all overlooking a verdant tropical garden. There are two options for families and group of friends such as the family bungalow and the jungle bungalows.

The hotel is located 100 meters inside from the beach and nicely sheltered from the winds. There, you can relax, swim in the refreshing salted water swimming pool all surrounded by a peaceful, lush garden of coconut palms, huge ficus, and flamboyant trees.

A minute’s walk will lead you to the beach and itis a great one, with a stunningly beautiful, turquoise, emerald, and aquamarine lagoon. On the beach, the beach house offers sunbeds, coffees, cocktails and winery, Italian gelato, snacks, tapas, and big salads.

Standard bungalow

The standard bungalows can feature a king bed or two twin beds. They all have en-suite bathroom with hot shower and ceiling fan over the bed. They can sleep a maximum of two people.

Windows have mosquito netting but no glass in order to allow air circulation. The hottest months in Zanzibar are December, January, February, and March. If you cannot cope well with the heat, then the king size bungalow is definitely recommended.

King size bungalow

The king size bungalows can be double or triple, featuring either a king bed or three single beds.

Family bungalow

The family bungalow consists of two interconnected rooms: a master bedroom with one king bed and a standard bedroom with two twin beds. Both rooms have their own entry door and en-suite bathroom with hot shower.



Students who will complete this yoga teacher training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®)

Every yoga practitioner should join this training. It is an excellent source for beginners and advanced students, providing an extensive and comprehensive vision of the great system of yoga both from a modern and ancient perspective. Whether you are a beginner or advanced in your practice, all yoga practitioners are welcome and encouraged to join this teacher training.

The course will cover five main areas:

  • Yoga practice, techniques, and training
  • Yoga philosophy and Vedic science
  • Yoga anatomy and Ayurveda
  • Teaching methodology
  • Practicum

Become a better person

Through lectures and discussions of the most important Sutras of Patanjali and the Hatha yoga Pradipika, you will gain an understanding of the yogic path and how to live in the most conducive way towards evolution.

Topics covered include chitta (consciousness), vrittis (intelligence), samskaras (patterns), yamas and niyamas (conduct), Patanjali's philosophy on Ashtanga yoga, and abyasa and viragya (continuous practice and detachment). This knowledge will aid students in their own path as well as in becoming an effective teachers and role models in their own community.

Chanting mantras

Chants and mantras hold intelligence that enlivens different parts of one's consciousness. The purpose of mantra chanting in yoga is to generate vibrations and connect with the universe.

Deepen your knowledge of asanas (postures)

You will gain extensive knowledge of yoga postures and will increase your physical strength, inner strength, and flexibility. You will learn how the major groups of asanas such as forward bends, backbends, twists, standing, and inversions affect each of the muscular, skeletal and internal organs systems. Understanding and knowing asanas is the key to develop specific sequences. The focus is on Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga.


Dristi is what keeps the mind focused and centered. You will learn the importance of each Dristi when they can be used, how to perform them properly, and how to teach them.

How to teach pranayamas

Teaching something as abstract as pranayamas can prove to be more intricate than one might expect. You will learn how to give proper instructions for each pranayama, to observe cues your students might display in performing different pranayamas, to understand the cause behind each cue and to find possible ways to help.

Learn about bandhas

Bandhas are energy locks. In the practice of a bandha, the energy flow to a particular area of the body is blocked. When the bandha is released the energy flows more strongly through the body. You will learn how to properly perform bandhas alone and in conjunction with asanas as well as how to teach bandhas safely.

Learn about mudras

A mudra is a seal or gesture that facilitates the flow of energy in the subtle body. There are many types of mudras designed to bring different benefits, depending on what we specifically need. They go hand-in-hand with pranayama and meditation.


This part of the course will lead your transition from student to teacher. Under the watchful eye of your highly trained instructor, in a controlled and safe environment, students will take turns practicing their teaching skills by performing in front of their peers. There will be demonstration, alignment, and instructions.

Preventing injuries

Along with the understanding of the human anatomy, physiology and health benefits of yoga techniques, you will learn all necessary precautions to be taken to avoid injuries to yourself and your students.

Recognizing challenges

An effective teacher must be able to identify the correct approach for each student by reading the possible cues that they display. Through demonstrations and discussions, this course will cover common physical or emotional signals indicating that a student might be having troubles in a certain area. Examples of these cues include the way they walk, talk, hold their energy, and how their alignment looks in certain postures.

Science of creative intelligence

You will learn about the intelligence underlying all aspects of the universe and how, through meditation, each individual can directly access it.

Teaching asanas

People coming into the practice of yoga will be at different places physically, mentally, and emotionally. To be an effective teacher, you need to be able to accurately assess each student and give them a task that is challenging enough to inspire growth in their asanas practice while not overexerting them to the extent that they can be discouraged. You will also need to be able to give proper feedback so that your students can develop their asanas practice in a safe and effective manner.

Teaching methodology

The course will teach you about the teaching styles, the ethic and responsibility of a yoga teacher, how to teach, demonstrate, observe, assist, and correct. The course will provide you with tools to help you set a positive and peaceful class environment for an enjoyable and transformative experience.

The importance of Shat karma

Yogic detoxing and cleansing exercises are important to learn how to incorporate your breath and meditate properly during physical yoga. It also removes the blockages in the energy channels. After learning about kriyas, students will learn basic cleansing techniques that should be performed on a daily basis.

The science of meditation

Through lectures and illustrations, you will learn the science and mechanics of meditation in order to develop consciousness and understanding.

Understand the pranic science

Pranayama is an ancient yogic breathing technique used as preparation for meditation. It improves the respiratory system and purifies the body and mind. You will be guided to a proper approach to pranayama in order to understand their physical effects, how they work when pranayamas can and cannot be practiced.

Understanding the kriyas

Kriyas are actions or duties a yogi takes in order to cleanse the internal system of impurities. Through lectures and discussions of the Hatha yoga Pradipika, you will learn the principles of kriyas and how they work to keep your system in top condition.

Voice and language

How you communicate in a class can make the difference between a great class and a bad experience, a great lesson or a dull, dry lecture. You will learn how to use your voice and language effectively, to communicate with clarity and compassion.

Yoga anatomy and Ayurveda

The course will cover the study of the anatomy of the human body and the study of the anatomy of the pranic body. Students will learn about the different levels of one being (koshas), chakras, and Nadis. It will also cover the basic Ayurvedic principles to promote health and balance.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 07:10 Abyangha and Shat Karmas
  • 07:10 - 08:20 Asanas practice
  • 08:20 - 09:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 09:15 - 09:45 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Yoga philosophy and Vedanta study
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Meditation and develop consciousness and understanding
  • 12:10 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Free time and self-study
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Anatomy and alignment class
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Evening asana practice
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Bhakti Satsanga (optional)

Included excursions

  • Blue safari
  • Snorkeling at Blue Lagoon
  • Cultural visit to historic Stone-Town
  • Visit to a spice plantation


Dikla Smadar

Swami Omesh-Yogi


Paje by Night is located in Zanzibar, a wonderful, romantic, historic, and stunningly beautiful tropical island off the Tanzania coast. Zanzibar is the largest island of the archipelago, now famous for its beaches but with a turbulent and dramatic historical past of trading in spices, ivory, and slaves.

The capital also known as Stone Town, is one of the most interesting cities of sub-Saharan Africa, the result of the mingling of different cultures and styles, notably the Portuguese, the British, the Arab-Omani and the Indian ones. Due to its historical importance, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • Beach - 1 minute's walk



  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mosquito net
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance


All meals are suitable for vegetarians and prepared to Ayurvedic and yogic standards. You will be served Indian and Western vegetarian lunch. Expect curries, rice, Italian pasta, mezze, fresh raw and steamed veggies, salads, pulses and beans, coconut, and season tropical fruit. Vegan and non-vegetarian options are also available from the menu a la carte.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There is a vast range of things to do on the island, notably some amazing diving, snorkeling, kite-surfing, beach walking, swimming, sunbathing, bike eco-tours, as well as some superb historic and cultural activities. Paje by Night can also offer you one of the most sensational and characteristic beach of the island.

  • Diving
  • Beach walking
  • Swimming
  • Sunbath
  • Bike eco-tours
  • Yoga Thai massage

What's included

  • 25 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour teacher training
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Breakfast and vegetarian lunch prepared to Ayurvedic and yogic standards
  • Yoga certification which will allow you to register with Yoga Alliance
  • Blue safari
  • Visit a spice plantation
  • Cultural visit to the historic Stone Town
  • Snorkeling at the blue lagoon

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Books
  • Dinner
  • Extra excursions
  • Spa services
  • Transfers
  • Visa

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Paje by Night can arrange a pick up for you for 35 USD.

Alternatively, you can fly to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) and reach Zanzibar with a ferry. Paje by Night recommends that you use Azam Marin ferries. The transfer from the port to Paje by Night is 35 USD.

Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Airport transfer available: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (US$35 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Thursday October 31, 2019
Departure: Monday November 25, 2019

Training information

This yoga teacher training may be canceled by the organizer 46 days before arrival date if a minimum of 10 students is not reached. Please send your inquiry for further information.

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